Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s - #10 Chuck Ricci

Charles Mark Ricci
Relief Pitcher

After a successful season with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (3.05 ERA over 68 games), Chuck Ricci was one of a slew of September call-ups by the Phillies in 1995.  Ricci is from the area, having attended Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ, so getting the call from the Phillies must have been a thrill.  He pitched well in his seven relief appearances, compiling a 1.80 ERA over 10 innings, but he'd never make it back to the majors again.

Originally drafted by the Orioles in 1987, Ricci was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent prior to the start of the 1994 season.  Following two seasons with the Phillies' organization, he spent the 1996 and 1997 seasons pitching in the minors for the Red Sox, Athletics and Expos.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  180
Born:  November 20, 1968, Abington, PA
Drafted:  Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 4th round of the June amateur player draft, June 2, 1987.
Major League Teams:  Phillies 1995
Professional Affiliations:  Baltimore Orioles 1987-1993; Phillies 1994-1995; Boston Red Sox 1996; Oakland Athletics 1997; Montreal Expos 1997

Phillies Career
7 games, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 10 innings pitched
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Baltimore Orioles, April 7, 1994.
Debut:  September 8, 1995 - Pitched three innings of relief against the Astros after Tyler Green, Mike Mimbs and Paul Fletcher had all been roughed up.  Allowed a run on two hits.
Final Game:  October 1, 1995
Departed:  Granted free agency, October 16, 1995, and signed with the Boston Red Sox, December 26, 1995.

1994 Fleer ProCards
1995 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red
Barons Dunkin' Donuts #22
1995 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red
Barons Team Issue #20
2 Ricci Baseball Cards in My Collection
First Card:  1995 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Dunkin' Donuts #22
Last Card:  1995 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons Team Issue #20

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  N/A
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  N/A
Other Notable Cards:  1989 ProCards #1783, 1991 Classic Best Federick Keys #7, 1994 Fleer ProCards #2061

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s
1 Louie Meadows
2 Dave LaPoint
3 Darrin Chapin
4 Mickey Weston
5 Bob Wells
6 Tom Edens
7 Omar Olivares
10 Chuck Ricci
11 Dennis Springer
12 Manny Martinez
13 Rafael Quirico
14 Bronson Heflin
15 Glenn Dishman
16 Rob Butler
17 Mike Robertson
18 Matt Whiteside
19 Robert Dodd
20 Joel Bennett
21 Joe Grahe
22 Domingo Cedeno
23 Torey Lovullo

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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